Dr. Karl, here's something we can agree upon! Are you aware that there's a thriving Quake 2 community at tastyspleen.net? I know, it's a dopey name, but they have a bunch of servers and TONS of new maps! If you do play at Tastyspleen already, let me know your nic. I use the same one as here, with a couple of others when I'm testing config files or whatever.
As I said, there are many, many cool maps. (I'm assuming you haven't been there; if so, apologies.) Get all the maps in zip form here:
Download them to your baseq2 folder, but make sure you tell the zip program to "preserve directory paths", as these will unzip into their appropriate sub-folders.
Now, once you have all the maps, fire up quake 2 and at the command line, just type "connect tastyspleen.net" without quotes. You'll be connected to the "DM" server by default, but once you're in that server, you can type "goto" (no quotes) and hit enter and you'll see a list of other servers and the current players that are there. If you see one you like, just type in the server name at the command line, like:
Quake 2, to me, is still a very cool multiplayer game. Let me know if you're going to go, or if you're already there!
One more thing: If you don't already use it, you'll see messages about not being able to execute the "nocheat" client. Some people use it, some don't. I don't. I use R1Q2, myself.